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[This is part of an unpublished and unfinished section of a projected 
book which was to treat of "The Colonial Councillors of Virginia and 
Their Descendants." The biographical portion was nearly completed; 
but the account of the descendants of John Rolfe, the earliest council- 
lor whose descendants can be traced, showed, even though this is not 
complete, that the preparation of the genealogies would be a work which 
would require more time than the compilers could possibly spare. It was 
not proposed to reprint the later generations treated of in well-known 
and reliable works, such, for instance, as those in Robertson's Descend- 
ants of Pocahontas ; but to give references to them. The plan also was 
that where one branch of a family was descended, through female lines, 
from one councillor, while another branch could trace, also through 
females, to another, to give the whole family under the earliest 
councillor who appeared. This explains some of the Flemings and 
their descendants, the Webbs, appearing here. Some of the Flemings 
descended from John Rolfe, while others traced through the Randolphs 
to the Pages, who were councillors. In addition there were to be notes 
and addenda in regard to connected families not directly descended from 
any member of the Council] 

Rolfe of Heacham. 

The family of Rolfe was resident from an early date in the County 
of Norfolk, England. The immediate ancestors of John Rolfe lived at 
Hecham near King's Lynn in that County, and the earliest record of the 
direct line is of two brothers, Robert and Eustace Rolfe, who were born 
at Heacham about 1539. Robert married Margaret Crowe and was an- 
cestor of a prominent family at Lynn, and Eustace Rolfe married at 
Heacham, May 27, 1560, Joanna Jenner. Eustace and Joanna had a son 
John Rolfe, of Heacham, who was born October 17, 1562. married Doro- 
thea Mason, Sept. 24, 1582, died in 1594, and was buried at Heacham 
Church, December 1st of that year. 

In the Church is a brass with a Latin inscription to this John 
Rolfe. The following is a translation which has been furnished us: 

"John Rolfe, gentleman, of Hitcham, died on the twenty-ninth 
day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1594, in the thirty-second 
year of his age. While he lived he was of much service to his fellows; 
his wish to enrich all his neighbors and kinsfolk by assisting the poor 
with his wealth; nothing could be kinder than he was; he bore the in- 
sults of many men quietly without offence; by exporting and importing 
such things as England abounded in or needed, he was of the greatest 
service, inasmuch as he spent both pains and labor upon it. Thus he 
seemed to die as the force of fire is quenched by excess of water. For 


his strength was unimpaired, nor had he completed many years when 
he died. His death brought grief to many, but he had done nobly upon 
the consciousness of a well spent life, and the record of many benefits 
not allowed to die utterly:" 

John Rolfe had, no doubt, been a successful merchant at Lynn. 

The Heacham register shows that John and Dorothea (Mason) 
Rolfe had, with other issue, 1. Eustace, and 2. John (twins) baptized 
May 6, 1585; 3. Edward, baptized Feb. 22, 1591. There was another 
son, Henry, afterwards a merchant in London and a member of the 
Virginia Company, who is included in a manuscript pedigree mentioned 
by Mrs. Jones in her Old Sandringham. 

The Rolfes of Heacham Hall long remained among the gentry of 
Norfolk. One of them was sheriff of the county about 1760. In 1837 
S. C. E. Neville Rolfe, Esq., who assumed the name and arms, succeeded 
to the property. The well-known portrait of Pocahontas descended to 
the present time through the Rolfes and their relations in Norfolk. 

Heacham Hall has been in part rebuilt and enlarged, but a con- 
siderable portion of the old house remains and is shown in the accom- 
panying illustration. 

Two English books Old Sandringham, by Mrs. Herbert Jones, and 

The King's Homeland contain interesting notices of Heacham and the 


(to be continued.) 


When the first instalment of this genealogy appeared an exam- 
ination of the records of Richmond and King George Counties appeared 
to show that Thomas 1 Turner had only one wife, Martha Taliaferro. 
But since this publication of the last instalment Vol. V of the Acts of 
the (English) Privy Council, Colonial Series has been received and 
gives the record of a suit which shows that Thomas Turner married 
twice and also explains his unusually large gifts to a daughter's children. 
On pages 128, 129, under date 1769, is entry of an appeal to the Privy 
Council from Virginia in the suit of Dixon vs. Turner. It is stated that 
Col. Thomas Turner had by his first marriage, two sons Harry and 
Thomas, and by his second, a daughter Sarah who married Edward 
Dixon. Harry married Elizabeth Smith and died in 1751 leaving an 
only child Thomas. His (Harry's) brother, Thomas Turner the younger,